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Publication Date: February 26, 1994
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The Franklin CountyChronicle



Volume 3, Number 4 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 26 February 1994- 9 March 1994


GEORGE CHILI


COOKOFF ON


5 MARCH


Sit-down eating facilities planned


This year's Chili Cookoff on St.
George Island, Saturday, 5 March
1994, will feature the familiar yet
stunning offerings such as John
Henry's chicken and dumplings,
Ollie Gunn's Seafood Gumbo,
Dominic Baragona's famous
Cookoff Chili,- Larry Hale's
Shiskabob dozens of other food
booths, the County Store, the
Sweet Shop operated by Helen
Soloman and her helpers, 50
professional chili booths, the
amateur chili competition, and,
of course, the auction. The
festivities will start early in the
morning with the 5K run at 8 A.
M. "There may be as many as a
100 runners, if the weather is
good said HarryArnold, President
of the Cookoff.
The professional cookers now
number 50 and a backup list is
being maintained in the event of
single cancellations. Cookoff
visitors may recall many booths
also compete, for entertainment
awards and this special attraction
adds zest and lots of laughs to a
day long fund-raising effort on
behalf ofthe St. George Volunteer
Fire Department and First
Responders.
While all activity of the Cookoff
will be close to the Happy Pelican,
some changes are being
introduced. The crowded corridor
between the auction tent and
various food booths formerly
located on the west wall of the
Pelican will be changed to
eliminate congestion. The large
auction tent will be relocated
slightly and placed over the
asphalt on Pine Street. Up to three
large tents will be used to house
concessions, and there will be sit-
down facilities for those buying
and eating food on site. The
professional cookers will still be
located in their booths ringing the
perimeter of the grounds, and the
judges will be located in the same
location as ast year. Auctioneers
include Courtland Low and Buddy
Crawford, who was among the
earliest in the 12 year history of
the Cookoff. "Other local "stars
are being recruited," added harry
Arnold. "This is a community-
wide effort," concluded Arnold,
"...and everyone is an organizer,
volunteer and participant."
Last year's revenue in 12 hours
amounted to more than $38,000
raised for the Fire Department
and First Responder unit,
demonstrating once again the
value of volunteers in enhancing
fire protection on St. George
Island.
As of this writing, the new fire
engine, partly financed from last
year's proceeds, is scheduled to
make its appearance on St. George
Island on Friday, 25 February, at
about 5 P. M. with a planned
ceremony.


Harry Arnold


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Bay

Scallops

By Will Morris
The topic was Bay Scallops at the
Apalachicola National Estuarine
Research Reserve last Thursday
evening, 17February, at7:00p.m.
Dr. Paul Hamilton of the
UniversityofWest Florida provided
a fascinating glimpse into the
underwater world of bay scallops,
a seafood delicacy found in local
waters.
Among other interesting facts, Dr.
Hamilton revealed that the bay
scallop has about 90 eyes, filters
around 85 gallons of water each
day, and can.produce up to 18
million eggs in one breeding
season!
Various studies have established
that the spawning season
generally runs from October
through November, sometimes as
early as September, depending
mostly on water temperature. As
scallop harvesting season officially
begins on 1 July each year in
Florida, there seems to be some
ground to question the wisdom of
harvesting prior to spawning,
rather than, say, in December or
January.
Other opinion holds that dredging
the sea grass beds disrupts the
beds, destroying the developing
scallops by dredging them up
along with the mature scallops.
By this reasoning, it doesn't much
seem to matter whether scallops
are harvested before or after
spawning.
According to Dr. Hamilton, one
solution might be to establish a
harvesting pattern similar to that
used in the oyster industry, with
certain areas closed to harvest for
a predetermined length of time.
This would allow scallops to spawn
and develop in relatively
undisturbed grass beds,
contributing to Increased scallop
populations and larger average
harvests.
A group of 30 enthusiastic
attendees kept Dr. Hamilton over
until 8:30 p.m. with numerous
questions. Dr. Hamilton is a
Florida State University graduate,
where he received his doctorate in
Mollusk Behavior and Ecology in
1976.


GEORGE CIVIC
CLUB TREATED
TO MANATEE
VIDEO

Mrs. Mickey Canter presented a
14 minute video of fascinating
underwater views of manatees in
her talk about protecting this
species before the Island Civic Club
on Thursday, 17 February 1994.
Her talk included a number of
facts about the manatee, living in
Florida as long as 45 million years
ago. The species of underwater
"cow" travels all around Florida, in
the Gulf and Atlantic, near the
shorelines. Manatees have
migrated toWakulla Countywaters
be een April and November,
seeking out warm water. These
mammals breath air and give birth
to calves that suckle their mother's
milk. The Manatee Is a vegetarian
and has no known predator.
Indeed, the mammal's chief
problem is man and man-made
accidents such as the collision
between boats and the manatee.
Mrs, Canter also solicited
memberships for HuManatee,Inc,
a Wakulla Citizens Action Group
established to protect the manatee
in Wakulla County. Contact:
HuManatee, Inc., Post Office Box
52, St. Marks, Fla. 32355, or 904-
925-6412.


HEARING

OVER

MISSILE

TESTS ON

2 MARCH

Public Hearings for the Draft
Environmental Impact Statement
(DEIS) connected with the Theater
Missile Defense (TMD) Extended
Test Range proposal affecting
northern Florida areas are
scheduled in the Courthouse, Gulf
County, 100 5th Street, in Port
St. Joe, on 2 March 1994 at 7 p.m.
The hearings seek to ascertain
any further potential environ-
mental consequences from test
firing guided missiles from at-sea
sites and others, to targets in the
northern Florida area, over a
several-year period. Four areas
are being considered for these test
firings, including the Eglin Air
Force Base area. Information is
available at 1-800-603-3030.


INSIDE

Carrabelle High Pg.5

Editorial &
Commentary Pg.3

Dockside Marina
Pg.5

FSU Jazz Ensemble
Pg.8

Consumer News Pg.6

Carrabelle Chamber
of Commerce Pg.6


By Rene Topping
Attorney Ben Watkins assured
several of the county
commissioners that the fact that
the commission leases the
hospital to Providence Medical
Company to be Purl as Emerald
Coast also means that
management is responsible to run
an ambulance service in the
county. In 1986, when the county
leased the two county ambulances
for one dollar, a year, the county
also leased the hospital to that
company, and signed over the
Certificate of Need (CON) to
Emerald Coast. Watkins said that
Providence, in accepting the two
ambulances from the county
agreed to operate them and replace
them when they were no longer
serviceable, and maintain a
minimum of two ambulances at
all times.
Watkins said, "They own them,
they pay for them with State funds
but we don't contribute any
money." He was asked by
Commissioner Dink Braxton if
there would be any possibility of
the county not being able to get a
CON if the Providence company
pulled out from the hospital.
Watkins replied, "Not if you get
the hospital." He says the
ambulance service CON is issued
in conjunction with whoever might
operate the hospital.
On another matter and in answer
to a question from commissioner
Tom Saunders, Watkins said the
resolution he was placing before
the commissioners was in
reference to a grant of $793,147
grant being made to Providence
Medical for the purposes of
replacing equipment and
upgrading furnishings at the
hospital. Watkins said that there
were no guidelines on the grant.
He said, "The check would be
issued to Providence Medical
Corporation "quote" for upgrading
the furnishings and services of
the hospital," The resolution would
say that the county feels strongly
that there should be guidelines
and proposes that the moneywhen
disbursed by the legislature
should be placed in an escrow
fund with the hospital making
requisition and the county signing
the checks.
Clerk of the Court Kendall Wade
confirmed that the county would
have no say as it stands now, on
where the money went or on what
it was spent. He also said that the
Federal Government would not
permit any restrictions being
placed on the half of the funding.
Wade said that there would be a
danger the grant would be lost if
the county attempted to seek an
injunction as suggested by
Saunders.
Watkins told the commissioners
Continued on page 5


ST. GEORGE UTILITY

CHALLENGES PSC

CONCLUSION IN SHOW

CAUSE ORDER

In its response to the Public Service Commission's (PSC) Show Cause
Order issued in January 1994, Mr. Gene Brown, Manager of the St.
George Island Utility Company, Inc., emphatically challenged certain
concussions of the PSC with regard to the Utility:
"The Utility has never willfully violated or knowlingy
refused to company (comply) with any statute, order or
rule of this Commission..." the response stated, filed 14
February 1994, the deadline for such a response.
While the PSC stated that the island utility has historically collected
its regulatory assessment fees through its rates and has failed to pay
them to the Commission as required by law, the Utility answered the
charge, stating that they have paid much more to the Commission
in regulatory assessment fees than the Utility has been able to collect
from its customers, and "...these extra cash payments to the
Commission have been possible only through cash contributions
from the Utility's affiliates."
The Utility charged that the PSC's statement that the utility was NOT
making a good faith effort toward payment of regulatory fees was
false.
"Indeed, thisutility has paid tens of thousands of dollars
to the commission in RAF's (Regulatory Assessment Fees)
in excess of the funds collected for such purpose from its
.customers. These cash payments l ave been made at a

Continued on page 2


BOYD

RESIGNS
by Rene Topping
Almost two years to the day that
he took over as Franklin County
Senior Center Director, Norman
Boyd resigned from the position
to take up a position with WOYS
Oyster Radio as Sales Manager.
Boyd said that he wishes to get
into private enterprise and will
probably also at some point enter
the real estate field.
Boyd said there was a feeling of
sadness to him leaving, even
though he is doing it to satisfy his
need for working almost as self-
employed. "The position I am
taking will give me an opportunity
to do some of the other things I
like to do in the county," he said.
"For my personal goals as well as
for the good of the agency it seemed
like this was the right time to do
it." The sadness comes because
he has come to consider many of
the "clients" as extended family.
He joked, "I will have to come back
to get a little of that love and
caring that is so typical of the
elderly people I have come into
contact with in this job. I have
learned a lot about loving from
many of them."
Boyd is not going to lack for things
to do outside of the new duties he
will be taking up. He is prominent
in The Panhandle Players, the little
theater group in Carrabelle. He Is
going to act as a lead singer with
a local group called the Rhythm
Makers, which is led by Del
Belleman. Boyd also is going to
work with the new little theater
group in Apalachicola.
He is on the SHIP (State Housing
Initiative Program) on the advisory
board. In this capacity he has
acted as liaison with the elderly
and others needing home repairs.
He is presently a member of the
Franklin County Economic and
Tourism Council as the member
from the Senior Center.
When asked what he felt he had
accomplished during the two
years, he said, "I feel that I have'
made the Center a little bit more
attractive to the more active
seniors. I've tried to present
activities that would appeal not
only to the frail and indigent, but
also to the seniors who are an
Continued on page 2


Norman Boyd

OFFICE SPACE, MINORITY
TEACHERS DOMINATE SCHOOL
BOARD MEETING
School Board memberWillie Speed
brought several hot potato issues
to the Board at the meeting held
Thursday, 10 February at the
Carrabelle High School Library.
The first matter that brought forth
angry responses from other Board
members was Speed's request for
office space at the Administration
building in Apalachicola. Speed
stated that the Superintendent C.
T. Ponder did not need any Board
action, and that his request was
not unusual it was quite usual
for Board members in other
counties to have their own space.
He added that it would require
only a wall to be put in.
This comment brought response
from the other four members, all
of whom stated they did not
personally wish to have office
space. William (Pop) Wagoner said,
"I think any time he (Ponder)
spends any money he needs to
bring it before the School Board.
Katie McKnight voiced her
opposition, stating that it would
be an inconvenience for her
because she lives in Carrabelle
and keeps all her files at home
there. Will Kendrick, Chairman of
the Board, said that he felt that
there did not seem to be a need for
an office and said that there were
other expenses that were more
necessary. "I don't need an office,"
he said. With all four other
members obviously opposed,
Speed then stated that he already
had predicted to his wife that he
would be turned down, but he
just wanted it to be made public.
Speed also brought another
Continued on page 2


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FEBRUARY ST. Ambulances
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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


Willie Speed
request to the Board for
consideration. He said that the
administration building was in
dire need of repair. Mikel Clark
said that there was concern about
rewiring the old building, and he
did feel that was a priority.
Kendrick said that there were
many other concerns, some to do
with safety of the children on the
playgrounds that he felt should
come before other than necessary
repairs and added that these
should come before things like an
office for members. Speed pointed
out that the building is
deteriorating and will need major
work in the next twoyears. Several
years ago the Auditorium, which
is part of the old building, was
renovated with the use of historical
grants.
Speed raised the question again
of travel to other areas to recruit
minority teachers. He challenged
Kendrick and Ponder as to what
they intended to do about the
situation asking, "Do you have
any plans to recruit minority
teachers?" Ponder asked "What
do you forsee us doing?" Speed
said that at Apalachicola High
School 30 percent of the students
are Black, and only 20 percent of
the teachers are Black. At
Chapman 44 percent of the
students are Black with only 17
percent Black teachers. He felt
that that was not fair to the Black
students. According to the Florida
School report 1992-1993,
Apalachicola High School had 25
teachers, of which there were 19
White,4 Black and 2 Hispanic. In
the same report Chapman had 30
teachers, with 25 White, 4 Black
and 1 Asian.
When Kendrick asked Speed what
he was talking about when he
used the term "minority," Speed
responded, "Black, Black, Black,
Black. African Americans." He
also indicated that he was not
referring to other minority groups.
He said that he would travel to
other states trying to persuade
young Black teachers to come to
Franklin County. Rose McCoy
said that it has always been
difficult to recruit minority
teachers, but while she was
principal of Chapman she did
recruit several. McCoy now is
working in administration
developing grant applications.
Speed irritated the two female
members of the Board, Connie
Sadler and Katie McKnight when
he responded to a remark from
Wagoner that ltwas Speed himself
who had said that the school
needed qualified teachers,
whether Black or White. Speed
had responded, "Let's not use that
word, 'qualified.' No one on this
Board is as qualified as me to sit
on this Board." After trying to
interrupt, however, the two ladies
finally decided to go on to the next
item.


Identify
Needs of
County
In a rare opportunity to determine
the opinion of Franklin County
Commissioners on key issues
facing Franklin County, and
related matters, the Small
Counties Technical Assistance
Project has brought a "circuit
rider" to the County to meet with
and tabulate Commissioner
responses to several questions.
Jim Parrish reported his
generalized findings to the last
meeting of the Board of Franklin
County Commissioners, 15
February 1994. Parrish wrote the
Commission, "...As a result of my
earlier interviews with County
Commissioners, and the Clerk of
Courts, an informal consensus
regarding the short and long term
needs of Franklin County was
assimilated into a Needs
Assessment and Training/
Technical Assistance Priorities
Document." Out of this, a work
plan was created for the
Continued on page 8

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Boyd, cont'd from pg 1
active part of the community." He
cited the Bridge Parties; Line
Dancing; Dances and Concerts
provided by FSU (Florida State
donors to the Center and provided
the last $51,000 to finish it after
many years of local effort.) He
added that targeting the frail and
the indigent is "right," but not the
only mandate of the Senior
program.
Boyd said that he also had made
concentrated efforts to make the
physical plant more attractive. "I
was fortunate enough to come to a
place where they had a gorgeous
building already in place.: He
added, "One day a Carrabelle
resident, Yvonne Allen, made the
statement to me that she always
wondered what kind of activities
you have in there and said you
ought to have some sort of sign."
Boyd said he is very proud of the
sign. "That sign was joint effort of
Mayme Millender, Charles Miller,
Jimmy Allen, Helen Schmidt, Del
Belleman, Jim Brown and an
inmate of the workcamp. They all
had a hand in that sign."
Helen Schmidt, who is president of
the Center Board, said that as Boyd
is leaving on 28 February,
advertisements will be placed in
the local paper for a replacement.
She said they will take applications,
and these will be sent to the Agency
for the Aging for their review. They
will choose several to be reviewed
by the Board. The Board will that
choose several for in-person
interview by the Board, and they
will hopefully then be able to pick a
replacement. One of the present
staff will be chosen to Fill in as
interim director while the process
takes place.
ST GEORGE BURGLAR
CAUGHT

Mitchell Friddle, 37, of Eastpoint
was finally apprehended by
Franklin County Sheriffs officers
following a two-day chase and
search of St. George Island and
vicinity. On Sunday afternoon,
20 February, Jeff Vonier saw
Friddle stepping outofa St. George
home near West Gorrie Drive with
a TV set under arm and was then
apprehended and placed in
handcuffs inside the patrol car.
While Vonier checked out the
property, Friddle kicked his way
free from a locked patrol car and
escaped, handcuffs and all.
Friddle has a long history of
burglary and other convictions.
He was apprehended by Buddy,
Shriver on-Wilderness Road;
Tuesday mornifig(Eastpoint) and'
charged with burglary ofa dwelling
on two counts, and escape and
criminal mischief. Along with
Vonier and Buddy Shriver, Carl
Carleson had also been involved
in the case and search. The arrest
was made in the midst of several
reported breaking on the Island in
recentweeks. The usual means of
forced entry had been to kick in
the door or window, rendering
dead bolts useless. Items such as
video recorders and liquor have
been taken which have good
potential for liquidation into cash
quickly.


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St. George Utility Continued from Page 1


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time when this utility has been losing approximately
$300,000 per year, as shown by the MFR's filed with its
current rate case which was accepted as of February 1,
1994. The utility's good faith efforts to pay all of its RAF's
as required by law should logically be divided into two
categories, payments to the collection agency for the RAF's
still due for 1990, and the payments to the escrow account
to prepay the RAF's which will be due at the end of March,
1994."
The filed response to the Show Cause Order also contained "In this
case, despite losses of approximately $300,000 per year, the utility
has been breaking its financial back during the past several years to
pay this Commission approximately $15,000 per year in regulatory
assessment fees. These fees have been paid despite the fact that only
approximately $5,000 of such fees have been collected from the
utility's rate payers because of woefully inadequate rates allowed to
the utility during its last rate case in 1989, before the threefold
increase in regulatory assessment fees. "
The Utility stated that they have paid all but a small portion of the
past due fees "In summary, the utility has made and is continuing
to make a good faith effort to pay all of its current and remaining past
due RAF's..." The utility has not only paid all but a small portion of
the past due fees under an arrangement n agency,"....but the utility
has paid almost $28,000 in advance (Mr. Brown's emphasis) escrow
deposits rior to the time that'such fees were actually due under
Section 350,.113(4) of the Florida Statutes, the first section quoted by
the Commissions Order in this case..." The brief filed with the PSC
in response to the "show cause" order of the Commission concluded
with this statement, and a demand for a formal hearing on the entire
issue.
"There is a limit to the cash that the utility's affiliates can
invest in this utility company over and above the revenue
produced from the utility's rate payers. As shown by the
MFR's filed in the utility's current pending rate case, the
utility's affiliates are being required to invest almost
$300,000 peryear to keep this utility company in operation
for the benefit of its customers on St. George Island. Under
these circumstances, it is not fair, reasonable or logical for
this Commission to impose a fine to further increase the
utility's losses, which will make it even more difficult to
continue providing safe and adequate water service to its
customers. Accordingly, this case should be dismissed."
In early January, the utility had delivered a letter to the PSC, which
read, in part,
A deposit slip verifying payment of the RAF's for November
is enclosed. As I explained in my last letter to you, we will
make the September and October deposits by the end of
this month before the new rate case is filed. We got a couple
of months behind on these RAF's last summer when Mary
LaBatt and I agreed that some other payments were more
pressing and important than the RAF's.
As of this date, our RAF deposits should total $26,200.83. We have
actuallymade deposits of$22.658.06, leaving a shortage of$3,542.77,
including $1,657.65 for September and $1,885.11 for October.
We are doing the best we can. There simply is not enough revenue
to meet the ongoing demands of thls utility company.
In the coming weeks, the Chronicle plans to publish
excerpts from the evidence and pre-filed testimony in the
current docket 920318-WU since these materials directly
relate to the continuing issues of water supply and fire
protection issues affecting all St. George Island lot and
homeowners. The following text comprises most of the
utility company's response to the PSC Show Cause Order
PSC-94-0088-FOF-WU.
RESPONSE TO THE ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd. (the Utility) responds to the
Order to Show Cause as follows: the alleged failure to pay regulatory
assessment fees (RAF's) as required by Section 350.113(4) of the
Florida Statutes.
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FRANKLIN
WORK CAMP
RECEIVES
GED PROGRAM
FROM
FRANKLIN
COUNTY
SCHOOL

BOARD

By Brian Goercke
The Franklin Work Camp began
offering its school board sponsored
GED classes on 27 January to a
very receptive inmate population.
The initial class received 16
students and has presently grown
to 18 pupils. The class program is
now the largest adult class in the
county.
GED instructors, Brenda Wilsen
and Wanda Teat, split their duties.
in the six hour Thursday classes
that begin at 4pm and conclude at
10pm. Ms. Wilsen is responsible
for the language arts and reading
aspects of the GED, while Ms. Teat
provides math instruction to the
inmate students. "They're (the
inmates) very enthusiastic about
the class." Wilsen expressed. "and
we would like to eventually expand
the class to two nights a week. The
inmates expressed interest in
having classes every day."
Ms. Wilsen gave credit to Fay
Burton of the School Board. Jane
Cox of the Franklin County Adult
Reading Program and Major Tim
Whitehead of the Franklin Work
Camp for helping to get the GED
Program started.Major Whitehead
assumed his position as Majorwith
the Franklin Work Camp four
months ago. He has initiated many
progressive, educational programs.
at the work camp and has been
very receptive to the ideas of
community members.
"Basically it's (the GED Program)
somethingwe've been working on,
stated Whitehead, "and it's
something that has been getting
more and more requests. It's all
come together and I'm 100%
behind it. If the Inmates and
teachers work together, its (GED
Program) a link for them to use on
the outside world. This puts the
chance for success in their hands.
Statistics show that when those
incarcerated get a GED, they don't
return."
Brenda Wilsen estimates that the
first GED testwill be administered
in April or May. The charge for
each student to take the test is
$25.


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today, it can become tomorrow's cereal box.
Just as recycling an aluminum can will save
up to 95 percent of the energy costs to
manufacture a new one. That jar and your
other glass containers probably came from
recycled glass. New glass is being produced


from as much as 90 percent recycled glass-
glass that you are throwing away, glass that
could be recycled.

In fact, not only do the practices of waste
reuse and recycling save energy, extend the
life of landfills, and reduce air and water
pollution, they also encourage the
development of industry, and therefore jobs.

What we consider garbage and waste today
can become a usable, valuable product
tomorrow. Rather than thinking of these
things as disposable trash, think of them as
renewable resources... resources that can
continue to be of value.


4 RECYCLES
..make it second nature!

For more information on your solid waste recycling program, Call
670-8167 Monday thru Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Structures

Subject To

The

Sprinkler

Requirement

After several weeks of telephone
calls, the Chronicle has located
an official in the Division of Hotels
and Restaurants who has formally
"interpreted" certain barrier island
structures into the new fire
requirements. The Chronicle
reported on 26 January 1994 that
three subsections of Florida
Statute 509 were relevant to the
fire protection requirements,
including FS 509.215 (1) which
requires "public lodging
establishments" three stories or
more or buildings 75 feet or more
in height to have sprinkler
systems. If a private residence is
rented three or more times and is
three or more stories in height,
that building must be equipped
with a sprinkler system. These
structures now fall under the
category, "resort dwellings" and
are subject to the requirements of
FS509.215(1). The structure may
be relieved of the requirement if
an external means of egress is
leading directly to the ground or if
appropriate fire dept. access is
available in the building. So says
Mr. A. C. Littleton, Jr., Regional
Administrator for the North
Region, Division of Hotels and
Restaurants based in Panama
City.


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The Franklin County Chronicle, 26 February 1994 Pane 3


Editorial and

Commentary






ST. GEORGE C

CABLE MOVES


INTO UNCHARTED

TERRITORY

Charles Sumner, owner of the new St. George Island Cable Company,
and his partners, report that unexpected delays in the receipt of
specialized, equipment for the new cable company serving the
Plantation development and St. George Island at large will delay the
beginning of cable television service by about two to three weeks.
The new cable system appears to be a high "state of the art in,
technology, including trunk lines using fiber optic circuits each*
capable of dozens of TV channels and other services, as demand
unfolds. Picture quality and other modulated forms will be translated
to radio frequency at certain drop points so the feeder lineinto each
household will appear to be similar to a conventional drop for cable
TV. But, the capacity of the system will be enormous, along with the
quality-so say the owners of the system.
But, there are other matters which could potentially delay the
beginning of CATV service, long awaited in the Plantation at least,
and that is the negotiations between Dr. Ben Johnson (Resort
Village) and St George Cable. Some issues are not quite so clear such
as the legal right of the cable company to follow the utility lines,
underground, to connect with the west end of the Plantation homes,
and the newer developments such as Covington or Mahr Development
of Florida, along with many of the other homeowners who have
anticipated the introduction of multi-channel TV service without the
unsightly TV antennas nor satellite dishes.
We would quickly add that the introduction of cable television in no
way eliminates approved satellite systems; the two entities are not
related as far as the Association bylaws and Convenants are
concerned. But, the "demands" from Resort Village concerning the
number of cable channels which might be dedicated to the Resort
Village needs may indeed become a major stumbling block, perhaps
precluding the start of cable TV services from the St. George Cable
system, or creating problems for running the cable system
underground through Resort Village property, to connect with the
west end of the Plantation.
These matters also relate to the continuing question of who owns
Leisure Lane in that area, and other areas--a question which has
never been satisfactorially, nor clearly addressed and answered to
the publics concerned with that issue. The rhetoric has always been
confused and ambiguous, despite the thousands of dollars spent in
legal fees by the Homeowners Association to obtain some foothold of
ownership and control over Leisure Lane.
The Current Board of Directors of the Association should have this
issue as a priority item on their agenda, and publish a definitive
statement regarding the ownership issue. Dr. Johnson apparently
claims complete ownership of Leisure Lane In his Resort Village, and
he plans to relocate the road under some versions of his plan for
commercial development. But, given what is happening so far (an
apparent stalemate), there appears to be more tension on the way.
By holding up the extension of CATV into the west end of the
Plantation, would Resort Village be violating the Federal
Communications Commission's decorations about unconstitutional"
deprivation of households from receiving communications of the
electronic sort? What makes these issues legally interesting is the
.factthat these issues are in a context of private notpublic arena.Such
as cityzoning codes which formerlyprohibited satellite installations-
some since demolished by the Constitutional arguments.
If the St George Island public perceives the Resort Village as an
obstacle in completing the cable TV system may become a public
'relations problem of the first magnitude for Resort Village.
The Board of Directors in the Plantation needs to take considerable
care in reviewing this problem on a day to day basis, despite its
crippled ability to do so because most of the members do not live on
the island nor make themselves available for daily review or
consultation on this project.


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THE FRANKLIN COUNTY CHRONICLE. INC.


Vol. 3, No.4


26 February 1994


Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Anne James Estes
Captain Ernie Ernie Rehder, Ph.D.
Contributors Rene Topping
............Paul Jones
.............Brian Goercke
..............Will Morris
..............Lee McKnight
............Carole Ann Hawkins
..............Debe Beard
Survey Research Unit.....................Tom W. Hoffer, Ph.D.
............Eric Steinkuehler, M.S.
Sales Staff ................
-Will Morris............Apalachicola, Eastpoint (697-2519)
Will Morris.............St. George Island (697-2519)
Betty Roberts.........Carrabelle Lanark(697-3506)
Tom Hoffer.....Tallahassee (904-385-4003 or 927-2186)

Computer Systems and
Advertising Design Maxwell Stemple, A.A.

Production & Layout Design......Stewart Calhoun
Maxwell Stemple, A.A.
Jeanette West-Eikeland, B.A
Proof Reader.. Leslie Turner, M.S.
Video Production.. David Creamer
Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel................................Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson Apalachicola
Grace and Carlton Wathen...............Carrabelle
Rene Topping..................................Carrabelle
Mary and John McDonald...............Lanark Village
Pat Morrison St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung...................Eastpoint
Eugenia and Bedford Watkins............Eastpoint
Brooks Wade.... Eastpoint

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FRANKLY

SPEAKING
IN FRANKLIN
COUNTY
By Rene Topping
Mr. Speed has been spending a
great deal of energy on promoting
more minority teachers in Franklin
County. I also would like to honor
him for his contribution to the
lives of local black children who
were under his tutelage when he,
was principal of the all-black
school in Apalachicola prior to
desegregation. No one can gainsay
the miracles he performed in that
building, thatsatside-by-sidewith
the white school during the days
of "separate but equal." I
personally know how many owe a
good education to the diligent effort
he put forth and can not praise
him enough.
He was the epitome of a "good
teacher." He still desires this for
the children today. And so do
many of us, whetherwe are Black,
White, Asian or Indian. I would
remind Mr. Speed that good
teachers, like students, are a part
of the rainbow that makes up
America. So I would propose to
him that, instead of going to big
cities to recruit teachers, we try to
home grow some in the soil of
Franklin County.
We all know that a good teacher is
born and not manufactured. No
matter how many fine schools
attended, the really good teacher
has teaching in his or her blood
from day one. He or she is the one
who lines up the dolls and
proceeds to teach them everything
from manners to reading and
'rithmetic. He or she is the one
who helps the, smaller kids into
their outer-wear as they leave
school for the day. He or she is the
one who leans over and helps a
kid struggling with a solution to a'
problem. But they all have one
thing in common. They are born
to teach.
We all also know that the
university is not for many of these
children because they simply can
not afford to pay the tuition. So I
propose that early on teachers
watch for those unmistakable
signs ofan up-and-coming teacher
right from their entry into school.
As they grow towards career
choices help them in making a
decision. Then let the District and
the people of Franklin County set
up a foundation to aid these
prospective teachers to gain the
education they need to come home
and teach. Many people send
money to unknown children in a
far-away land to feed them and
bring them up to adulthood. How
about some of us, the good people
who care, make a conscious
decision to help assure all of our
children good, talented, yes, really
qualified and dedicated teachers.
I believe there are teachers waiting
in the wings right now in all our
schools.
So I would agree with Mr. Speed
when he asked, "What do we have
to 'offer prospective teachers
beyond the beach, fishing and
eating oysters? All of which are
great pastimes but hardly a whole
life for young men and women.
Especially those who have grown
up in a much faster-paced area.
But if we offer them a hometown
job and help them get it, then we
in turn can ask them for a five-
year commitment to teach at one
of our schools. By that time we
can always hope that they will fall
in love and make a longer
commitment, and we will have a
teacher for life. If you want to
judge thevalue ofthat, look around
at some of our older teachers. To
namejust two (and not to slight all
the others), look at the value in
the teachings of Martha Kersey
and Miss Pitt Mattair who taught
generations right here at home.

Continued on page 8


ALLIGATOR POINT


By Paul Jones
As an innovative way to begin the new year, the Alligator Point
Marina is experimenting with the operation of a shipyard which is
expected to turn out five or six customized fishing boats a year.
General Manager Karen Bychinski, who has been at the helm of the
marina for the past ten years is anticipating a very positive response
from area commercial and sports fisherman alike.
Bychinski will be personally overseeing each of the shipfitting
processes required in the customization schedule. Depending on the
size of the boat and the extent of the customizing desired, usual
completion time is expected to be from three to six months. According
to Bychinskl, the majority of the work performed will be contracted
through local shipfitters and outfitters from the big bend area.
The marina is currently working on a prototype customization for
commercial charter boat Captain Larry Tucker. Tucker's 44 foot
Sportfisherman bare hull and cabin was delivered to the marina on
Thanksgiving Day. With weather permitting, the final wet storage
installation of electronics and engine testing should be completed
this week. The most notable result of the customization is the high
extruding fully enclosed flybridge. Captain Tucker's "Miss A.T. 2" as
the new ship has been christened, is slated for charter as well as the
Bahamas.
In addition to the "Miss A.T. 2", The Alligator Point Marina is the
home port for four other charter boats. Dan Hayes captains a 40'
Sportsfisherman the "Talisman", Frank Barnes captains a 30' Alura
Sportfisherman the "Miss Romaine", Ed Bradley captains a 34'
Buskens Sportfisherman the "Playing Hooky", and the 23'
Sportfisherman "Capt. K.B." is captained by Karen Bychinski.
Located at the far west end of Alligator Point the marina
accommodates 50 wet slips and 150 dry slips with a fully stocked
ship's store and service area. Two mobile lifts handle boats up to 40
tons and 60 feet.
Other accommodations include the popular Waterfront Restaurant
and Lounge where the seating overlooks the ship basin. According
to Bychinski, the current leasees Bonnie and Bobby Brinson anticipate
re-opening for business sometime in March.
Alongwith launching into this new venture of ship customization the
marina is actively replacing old fuel tank lines, bolstering slip
seawalls and removing an almost half acre of storm debris.


EASTPOINT
,LIBRARY TO
RENT
ADDITIONAL

SPACE
By Carol Ann Hawkins
The Franklin County Library
Advisory Board agreed at its 14
February meeting that the badly
needed additional space for the
-Eastpoint Library and Literacy
Programs should be obtained
without delay and empowered
Library Director Eileen Annie to
enter into negotiations and rent
the space through September,
1994. The Literacy budget will
provide $100 per month toward
the rent, and with the board's
action, $150 per month plus
utilities will be committed from
the Franklin County Public Library
(FCPL) Budget. The board's
decision followed the FCPL Budget
Committee's report.
The board also agreed to
discontinue cleaning services at
the EastpointBranch, thus making
available approximately $575
toward rental expenses for the
extra space. The Budget Committee
reported that library volunteer
workers already perform most of
the cleaning duties.
Annie was also empowered to
negotiate and contract for a
,portable wheelchair ramp and a
copier for the Carrabelle Branch
.Library.


THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!
I would like to express my deepest
thanks to every one over the past few weeks.
The concern and caring has been a true
blessing in my life.
The benefit held at Johnnie's Restaurant
was overwhelming. Thank you everyone for
your time, effort, contributions and donations.
MAY GOD BLESS EACH & EVERY ONE OF
YOU!
Kelwin A. Langston



Arts & Crafts


Show

Saturday, March 12 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
BY r;,e

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qBOOcTHS

Or cC $3.75 LUNCHEON

Lanark Village Boat Club Hwy. 98


26 March will mark what the
advisory board hopes will become
an annual fund-raising event for
the FCPL, "Lasagna For Literacy".
Prizes will be awarded to the
winnirig cooks as well as
certificates for those who don't
win. Lasagna, drinks, salad and
garlic bread will be served at the
Eastpoint Fire Station-beginning
at 6p.m. Dinner tickets for adults
are $5. Children's tickets are $3.
The board approved a request by
Rene Topping to use the room next
to the library at the Eastpoint
Branch for a meeting of members
of a Writer's Club which Topping is
forming. Members also are from
Wakulla, Gulf and Liberty counties.
Topping said adults and children
will be involved. At Topping's
request, the board agreed that the
project could be done in
conjunction with the library.
Board Member Mike Allen reported
that German Classes may begin
soon at the Eastpoint Branch.
Spanish classes are now in
progress.


ARTS AND CRAFTS
SHOW

An Arts and Crafts Show sponsored
by the Lanark village Boat Club
will be held Saturday, 12 March
1994 at the Club headquarters on
Highway 98, five miles east of
Carrabelle. Vendors will display
and sell their crafted articles during
the show hours from 9 A. M. to
2 P. M. Home backed foods will
also be on sale and a luncheon will
be served during the noon hour.



CORRECTION

The 10 February edition of
the Chronicle mistakenly
referred to Jack Dakota's
concept theater group as
the "Forgotten Coast
Panhandle Players." The
theater group is entitled,
"The Forgotten Coast
Theatre."


ACROSS

THE AGES

By Norm Boyd
Director, Franklin County Senior
Citizens Council
One of the biggest mistakes a
younger person can make in
dealing with seniors is to assume
that they may be treated pretty
much alike. How many times have
you heard someone say" you have
to treat old people just like little
kids".
Let's take a reasonable look at this
assumption. It is true of small
children that they come from a
pretty similar back- ground in a lot
of cases. They went through the
birth process, they drink a lot of
milk (or imitation milk), somebody
keeps them in clean pants, and
they are in a learning process pretty
much all the time. But, what
about elders, are there any such
assumptions of similarities that
we can make. Of course not. This
one may have been a decorated
hero in a long-ago war, while
another may have been a
conscientious objector in the same
conflict. This lady may have
remained single her whole life,
while that one may have recently
buried her third husband. Every
experience you can imagine may
be represented in the memories of
any group of seniors.
How aboutcurrentcircumstances?
While one senior needs help to get
out of bed and into a wheelchair
each day, another of the same age
may be into golf, tennis, and
dancing, and perfectly willing to
trywhatever else might come along.
Financial circumstances are also
totally different from one to the
next. Some seniors are quite well
off and enjoy the fruits of their
savings and investments, while
many others need all the help that
is available just to get by with a
little bit of dignity.
The message I am trying to present
here is that each senior citizen is a
individual, with individual needs
and diverse interests. That is why
your Senior Citizens Council tries
to provide such a diversity of
services and activities throughout
Franklin County. Our basic
mandate,, of course, is to be the
local provider for state and federal
programs, CommunityCare for the
Elderly, Older Americans Act, and
Medicaid Waiver programs. These
are programs for seniors who have
needs. We try to satisfy needs in
the areas of nutrition, home
making, companionship, medical
support, physical fitness, escort,
medical transportation, and
several others. But, what do we
offer for the senior who is not in
need for these programs?
Well, that is where our optional
programs come into play. We try
to provide interesting and helpful
services like craft classes, bridge
club, tax assistance, line dancing,
music concerts and parties, art
classes, legal assistance, optical
examinations, hearing aid
technicians, field trips, picnics,
and many other events, limited
only by our imaginations.
Are you or your spouse sixty or
above? Are you a member of the
Senior Citizens Council?
Well, if you are eligible and not yet
a member, just come by the Center
nearest you and we will be happy
to get you signed up. Even those
who are not yet sixty can be
associate members for the nominal
fee of $2.00 peryear. Whetheryou
are in need of core services or just
want to join us in our recreational
activities, join your Senior Council.
We're here for you.
Activity Calendar
"Line Dancing for Seniors" every
Thursday evening from 6:00-7:00
PM Carrabelle Center, with Bonnie
Stevenson
Tax Aide-Free income tax
assistance for seniors, every
Monday 9:OOAm-l:OOPm Fred
Bono
Legal assistance Free for seniors,
Carrabelle FirstTuesday2;OOPM;
Apalachicola Second Tuesday
10:00 AM with Joyce Timmons,
JD
Craft Class Tuesday and Friday in
Carrabelle, 10:00 AM Monday in
Apalachicola 10:00 AM.with Rose
Cope


Bingo Monday evening and
Saturday evening at 6:00 PM
Exciting cash prizes and lots of
fun at the Carrabelle Center
Bridge Club EveryThursday 1:00
PM Carrabelle Center
Guitar Concert Sunday. March
6, sponsored by the FSU School
of Music 4:00 PM, Carrabelle
Center

Donor/Volunteer Appreciation
Day, March 29, Carrabelle Center


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Chronicle


Published twice monthly on the 10th and


MEDICAL NEWS

YOU CAN USE



A CHIROPRACTIC

PERSPECTIVE ON

INJURY PREVENTION:


AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. FRED RUSSO

BY BRIAN GOERCKE
Authors note: While the previous interview with
Dr. Russo focused on the severity of back injury
and the chiropractor's approach to healing such
pain, sequel will look into effective measures to
prevent back injuries from arising.
Q: What role does quality bedding play in helping to maintain one's
health?
A: Well. considering that you spend as much theoretical time in bed
as you do working, an eight hour sleep session and an eight hour
work day, it only stands to reason that you need to purchase bedding
that is as supportive and as functional as possible to take care ofyour
body. If the bed is worn out, the springs are sagging, the box spring
itself is damaged or in need of repair or replacement, your back
posture can be altered by these defects over time.
Q: What are some brand names that you would recommend?
A: I'm no bedding expert, but Sealy Posturepedic has received
favorable mention by many people I've spoken with. There's also a
company that sells chiropractic beds called Chiromatic....I've heard
good things about them and have personally slept on their product.
I am in favor of waterbeds for certain people, though I do not
recommend them for everybody. The more supportive waterbeds, of
course, are much more advantageous. Semi-waveless or the waveless
waterbeds are good for some people, but I certainly do not recommend
the full motion waterbed.
Q: What can you say in regard to the pros and cons about the way
a person sleeps? I've always heard that it was bad to sleep on your
stomach and good to .sleep on either your back or side.
A: That just basically depends on who you are. No two people are the
same just as no two bodies are the same. I'm a stomach sleeper and
I have no troubles with it. I'm a proponent of the belief that if it works
well, don't fix it. I'm not going to start sleeping on my back or on my
side just because I've heard someone say that I shouldn't. If you find
that you're getting a good night's rest, no matter how you're getting
it, then stick with it.
Q: What can you tell me about those special pillows advertised on the
television that are crafted to fit the contour of one's neck? Are they
worthwhile or a waste of money?
A: I think they're worthwhile. More importantly, I think that if you
don't correct the underlining spinal missallignments... there is very
little good the pillow's going to do. Yes, it's going to support you,
though it's nothing that a rolled up towel paced underneath the
curvature in your neck won't do: additionally, proper height and
firmness of the pillow should also be taken into consideration. You
shouldn't sleep on your back with 2-3 pillows propped under your
head, because this will increase the amount of pressure on your neck
and shoulders. Thereby, it will offset the theoretical advantage that
sleeping on your back is suppose to give.
Q: How does placing a pillow under one's legs when one sleeps ihe]p
to reduce back pain in the morning?
A: If you are a back sleer experiencing low back pain, placing a
couple of pillows under the folds in behind our knees will take the
tension off the sciatic nerve. Also If you are havitensension and pain
radiating into your legs...what you may try is to lay on your side and
place a pillow in between your legs in between your knees. Both of
these have long been recognized as having positive affects on
patients with low back pain.
Q: How important is good footwear to the individual?
A: I consider it as important to the individual as proper bedding.
Anything that has an affect on your posture is absolutely important.
I think it is wise to have your feet analyzed by a qualified podiatric
doctor. Proper footing ensures that you will be taking more stress off
your low back.
Q: What footwear do you recommend?
A: Certainly Rockport shoes have been recognized as excellent
footwear. I personally prefer Nike, Rebok and Converse for athletic
use. The only way to truly know is to have a foot evaluation-that way
you match the Proper shoe type with the activity that the patient
needs most for sound biomechanical balance.
Q: How about stress and its affect on a person?
A: Stress is the number one agitator of any systemic illness or
malfunction. If you harbor stress in the body, the body knows and
will show the stress usually in the form of a physical presence that
we perceive as pain or discomfort.
Q: How do you define stress?
A: Stress, I believe, is any external or internal force that is imposed
on the body by the individual or his environment to create an
atmosphere where the body can't function normally. Stress, for
example, can add a certain amount of tension to the musculature
and make the back muscles tight. This will, thereby, increase the
patient's pain and decrease their active range of motion.
Q: How can one best deal with stress?
A: I think chiropractic deals with stress realwell because chiropractic
adjustments seek to calm down the whole nervous system. I also
think that exercise like walking, jogging, swimming, bicycling and
aerobic exercise can greatly enhance one's ability to diminish stress.
Q: Do you feel that morning stretching and exercise helps even the
relatively healthy person get ready for the work day?


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A: I don't think that you can be too healthy. As we age, the body
generally deteriorates. It doesn't get better. If we don't take care of
the body that god gave us, then the body is sure as we live and
breathe, going to gradually deteriorate on a daily basis. I think that
twenty minutes a day of stretching and exercise would certainly
suffice most people. Many say that they don't have the time for this;
well, the truth of the matter is that you have.
Q: How important is diet and what should one really avoid?
A: Diet is very important. What should we avoid? Well, all fatty foods,
albeit, they taste the best, are potentially the most damaging. They
increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood. They thicken the
blood with fat known as triglycerides. As this blood gets thicker with
these fat globules in it, they can lay down plaque in the arteries; this
constricts them and makes them smaller, which contributes to high
blood pressure, increases the potential of heart disease ... and will
also make you more tired because your blood is so thick: the heart
has to work harder to pump this thickened blood throughout the
body. Now all of this has either a direct or indirect relationship with
stress. As you exercise and decrease the amount of fat in your diet
and start to be more active, your blood thins out. As the blood thins
out, you gain energy. Anything like caffeine, nicotine or alcohol.... that
break the body down are not a good choice to put in the body.
Q; For the person who is overweight, what are the dangers to him for
being a potential back injury patient?
A: Well, it only stands to reason that the more weight you youcarry
in front of you, the more stress you place on your spine. As your
abdomen begins to protrude further and further, that pulls your
spine further and further away from its normal contours. This puts
more and more pressure on your discs which may eventually lead to
subsequent degeneration and the possible rupture of one of those
discs.
Q: What is the safest form of exercise for this person?
A: Of course. this person should first have a physical exam to access
where he should start. Walking, I feel, is a good place to start for
many. It improves the pelvic -biomechanics and the, low back
function. It helps to reestablish the biomechanical patterns in the
low back. Swimming is also excellent. It takes gravity out of the
- exercise and that is why it has always been a highly regarded
exercise.
Q: How does long distance driving affect one suffering from back
pain?
A: Driving is bad for anyone who has a low back problem. The micro-
oscillations that one goes through in the low back because of little
bumps in the road aggravate the low back vertebral unit. If you could
see what a disc looks like...its nothing more than shock absorber to
prevent one spinal segment from hitting on the one above or below
it. As you drive in the car, all of your postural muscles that
surround the low back are there to help provide support to the spine
and to help protect the discs. As you drive in your car for long
periods, those muscles start to fatigue because they've been working
too long supporting the low back: this places increased pressure
onto each individual disc.
Q: How does poor posture affect the individual?
A: Well, the spine is formed with inherent curves that you are born
with and that develop as you grow. You have a lordosis in your neck
which is an indented concavity. You have a kyphosis in your thorasic
spine which is a convexity much like a hump and then you have
another lordosis in your low back. These curvatures are normal to
the body and they provide it with strength. The example here is, ifyou
see a long bridge.. .long bridges aren't straight across the water... they
have an arching structure to them. An arch or a curved structure is
inherently stronger than a straight one. The body is inherently
stronger with these curves than without them. So, if you have a
particular problem with your posture which is destroying these
curvatures that are natural to the body, you are going to be
weakening your spine. Thus, increasing the potential for disc
degeneration
Q: What can a person do if he has a job where he's frequently stooped
over?
"A: Anyone that has to work in a fo-ward stooped posture should-wear
.a lumbar suiplort belt. .

Q: I realize that there are also inheient problems that cannot be.
prevented, such as scolliosis. Can you explain what scollosis is and
how the condition can be eased?
A: Sure, scolliosis is besttreatedwhen detected earlyon in adolescents.
Scolliosis is usually found initially in children ranging in ages from
8 to 15years old. Scolliosis is a lateral deviation of the spine from the
center line. ~t can be a very serious deformity. It can be congeniality,
(present from birth and developing from that time) or acquired.
Acquired cases could, for example, happen in situations of severe
trauma as a car wreck or a lifting injury; this could occur in cases
where the individual hurt themselves and did not treat the injury for
some time, perhaps a year or two. The muscle spasms from the
trauma could possibly allow a! curvature to manifest itself and
progress. Scolliosis, if left undetected for too long (as the person
reaches skeletal maturity sometime around to correct scolliosis.
What I'm saying is that if this condition is allowed to progress and
curvatures are allowed to reach l teral deviation of, perhaps 35 to 50
degrees, depending on the area of the spine that they affect, they
could start affecting multiple life system like your heart, lungs or
kidney.
Q: What advice do you give those seeking preventative measures
from back injury?
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A: Prevention can be summed up best by early detection. As soon as
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is something wrong. The body doesn't hurt for no reason. When the
body hurts, if you would do the body the favor of going in and having
a medical professional attend to the problem you have at hand, that
is your best method of prevention. Early detection puts you on the
road to the ]east amount of possible damage by seeking to correct the
problem at hand before it gets to monumental levels that may
eventually require surgery.

St. George Utility Continued From Page 2
The utility has never willfully violated or knowingly refused to
company with any statute, order or rule of this Commission,
including Order No. PSC-92-0478-FOF-WU relating to the utility's
obligation to pay RAF's. At the outset, the utilitywould challenge the
following findings and/or legal conclusions set forth on the bottom
of page 4 and top of page 5 of the above-referenced order:
1. First, the Commission Order states that this "utility has historically
collected its regulatory assessment fees through its rates and has
failed to pay them to the Commission as required by law." This
utility's rates were set based upon the collection of RAF's equal to
1.5% of the utility's revenue, which was the requirement in 1989
when the last rate order regarding this utility was issued. Since
1989, this utility has been required to subsidize its rate payers by
paying over $10,000 per year in RAF's that are not covered by the
utility's rate structure as approved by this Commission. So it is not
accurate to state that this utility has "collected its regulatory
assessment fees through its rates and has failed to pay them to the
Commission as required by law." In fact, the utility has paid much
more to the Commission in regulatory assessment fees than it has
been able to collect from its customers, and these extra cash
payments to the Commission have been possible only through cash
contributions from the utility's affiliates.
2. Second, the order states on the top of page 5 that "the utility has
no inclination voluntarily, nor does it appear that the utility is
making a good faith effort toward payment." Nothing could be further
from the truth. Indeed, this utility has paid tens of thousands of
dollars to the Commission in RAF's in excess of the funds collected
for such purpose from its customers. These cash payments have
been made at a time when this utility has been losing approximately
$300,000 per year, as shown by the MFR's filed with its current rate
case which was accepted as of February 1, 1994. The utility's good
faith efforts to pay all of its RAF's as required by law should logically
be divided into two categories, payments to the collection agency for
the RAF's still due for 1990, and-the payments to the escrow account
to prepay the RAF's which will be due at the end of March, 1994.
1988-1990 REGULATORY ASSESSMENT FEES
As noted by the Commission's Order in this proceeding, the utility
owed $26,550.54 for the unpaid portion of its 1980-1990 regulatory
assessment fees. As further noted by such order, the only amount
still outstanding for such years is $7,653.53, showing cash payments
by the utility of almost $19,000 for such prior year's regulatory
assessment fees. The actual amount due is less, because the
$7,653.53 figure set forth in the Commission's Order in this case
does not reflect tbe recent monthly payments made to the collection
agency since the date reflected in the Commission's Order.
Continued on page 7


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The Franklin County Chronicle, 26 February 1994 Paee 5


Thirteen Boat Slips

May Jeopardize Timber
Island Project


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By Carol Hawkins


Dockside Marina owner Tommy
Bevis asked the Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority (CPAA)
Board at the 10 February meeting
at City Hall in Carrabelle to appoint
two or three people to come to
Timber Island and look at the boat
slips, "tag them, identify them
number one through nine.

CPAA complied with Bevis's
request and sent Mary Jane
Kitamura and Bruce Moore over
to the marina to determine just
how many boat slips Bevis has.
CPAA attorney Ben Watkins told
the Board at the regular meeting,
"Bevis is limited in his activities
by the development order just as
CPAA is, not by the lease by CPAA
to him. If Bevis has only nine
slips, he has not violated his lease
or the development order."
Kitamura and Moore counted 13
boat slips complete with boats. In
photographs taken at the site by
Kitamura and Moore, 12 boats
are shown docked at the slips.
.Another photograph shows the
13th boat, which Kitamura said
was docked at a slip located behind
the other 12.
Watkins said he had received a
letter from the Department of
CommunityAffairs (DCA) pointing
out the scope of CPAA's activities
(on Timber Island) under Phase I
of the development order which
are restricted, generally, to marine
operation, up to two marine ways;
9 variable length, 25 ft. slips and
'no more than 6,800 sq- ft. ofdock.

Watkins said he also inquired in a
letter to the DCA about the
obligatory job requirements of the
grant and had learned that the
requirements of the 12 full-time
jobs at Dockside Marina have not
been met and the Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG)
ran out 31 December 1993.


"Therefore, the city is not eligible
for anymore CDBG funds until
the conditions of the previous
contract have been met. So we are
out of compliance with our CDBG
requirements and must come into
compliance with our recording
procedures in order to become
eligible to go ahead with Phase 2,
or actually, completion of some of
the requirements of Phase 1,"
Watkins said.
Watkins suggested three
alternatives the Board could
pursue: (1)Maintain the status
quo, (2)bring action to cancel the
sub-lease based on the fact that
Bevis has not been in compliance
or (3)re-negotiate the lease with
Bevis & Associates and the scope
of activity, which will require in
some instances a modification of
the development order. The risks,
from a legal standpoint, of the
first alternative would mean that
CPAA would not receive anymore
CDBG money to go ahead with
Phase 2 or the completion of Phase
1. If more slips are there than are
authorized, there is a danger of
jeopardizing the existing permits
and any additional permits. If the
sub-lease is cancelled, the risk
involves what to do with the
property.

Watkins told the Board that CPAA
is legally empowered to renegotiate
the lease with Bevis & Associates,
"but he also said, "You have
grounds to initiate action to cancel
the lease." Watkins said he and
Bevis had discussed the possible
penalties and problems that
confront the PortAuthority as well
as what avenues to take thatwould
bring possible relief to all parties.
Bevis told Watkins he would like
to include dry storage, a travel lift
and the addition of a loading ramp.
Watkins told the Board,these ideas
would be permitted -within the


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scope ofactivities subject to proper
permits being obtained. Without
permits being changed, anything
that goes on at the island
"Jeopardizes every permit you
presently have and may prevent
additional permits." Dry storage,
for instance, is taken care of in
Phase 3 and would have to be
shifted to Phase 1.

Watkins said Bevis had agreed to
report the number of continuously
employed people each pay period.
This will protect Bevis as well as
CPAA and will establish to, DCA
that the Port Authority and Bevis
have an effective method of
reporting and are in compliance
and want to become eligible again
for CDBG monies. Watkins told
the Board that "without being in
the good graces with the Grant
people" CPAA may never get to
Phases 2,3,4 or 5.
Watkins said that Bevis has made
efforts to get people to work at
Dockside Marina and that Job
Services in Apalachicola and
Vocational Ed. in Tallahassee had
verified that Bevis has been in
touch with them, but "without
being critical, they attributed the
low income level in Carrabelle for
skilled workers. Compared towhat
a skilled worker can get ifhe packs
up and goes to Tallahassee; as
soon as they get skilled, the pay
rate in this area is not sufficient to
keep them here," Watkins said.

Watkins said another requirement
that must be met in order to go
into Phase 2 is that the off-site
Waste Water Treatment Facility
be activated. Watkins was told'
that except for a few technicalities
from the city's standpoint, the
sewer plant is almost ready and
that the pump station on Highway
98 needs only minormaintenance.

Bevis told the Board that he now
has 13 full-time employees and is
sending in his reports on a weekly
basis. Bevis said 20 boats have
been built at his business since
January 1994, and 90 to 100 were
built in 1993. He said he is trying
to keep boats at all three Wal-'
Mart stores in Tallahassee.
Depending upon experience, the
starting pay at Bevis's business is
$5.50 per hour.Watkins said that
if Bevis can certify to CPAA he has
12 sustained employees, then
CPAA can in turn certify to DCA
that they have complied with the
development order and can go on
to Phase 2 after approval from
DCA that they have actually
complied.
The Board approved a proposal
from Bevis and Associates asking
for permission to sublease space
to Sea Tech Electronics, and
Watkins said he will contact DCA
to verify "what is an employee,
whether a sublessee himself can
be classified as employee."

Watkins told the Board that his.
goal was to tell them of their legal
rights. "Your goal," he said, "is to
decide from a business standpoint
what's in the best interest of the
citizens and the Port Authority."
One Board member suggested that
everyone forget the animosities of
the past so that things would work
better for all parties involved.

"We have no problem with
complying with nine slips," Bevis
told the Board. But Bevis did
have a question for anyone present
who might be able to give him an
answer: "What constitutes a slip,"
he asked. "Pilings on both sides of
. the boat, or is a slip anywhere that
you can tie up a boat?"


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that what the resolution was trying
to saywas, "You fellows are getting
ready to give us money away up
there in Tallahassee, make some
Sideliness" He added "Your clerk
as talked to them and they have
confirmed to him there will be no
Sideliness" Saunders said that
e was worried about the fact that
the money might go out of the
county. He said "I'm afraid if we
don't do something and something
soon we're giving them
(Providence) a signed check ofover
3/4 of a million dollars."
Watkins said he would be able to
give the commissioners further
information after he has conferred
with as some of his people who
were meeting with Senator Pat
Thomas about the matter.
Mosconis thanked Watkins for the
work he had done for the county
on dealings with the hospital. lie
added that quite a lot was done
"Pro Bono." Watkins said he will
report any further information as
he gets it.
Cable T.V.
Cable television representatives
will be at the 1 March meeting of
the county commission to discuss
renewal of their franchise to supply
cable T.V. service to residents of
the county. Anyone wishing to
bring any problems regarding
rates or services should attend
this meeting.
River Walk Park Still
Poss ble
The proposed park on Marine
Street in Carrabelle that would
have overlooked the Carrabelle
Harbor and provided fishing
access for residents and visitors
did not get funding in the 1993-94
cycle. But commissioners agreed
to resubmit a bid for a grant to
build the facility., The park could
become the terminus of the
proposed Gator, Frog andAlligator
Rails to Trails project that would
bring to reality a biking, hiking
and equestrian trail frum
Tallahassee through Wakulla
County and ending in Carrabelle.
The park would be located at the
water end of Avenue B South and
would contain a pavilion and a
fishing pier at a total cost of
$1,255,000. History of the city
and the old railroad would be
housed in the building.
Contract Signed
The City of Carrabelle and the
Youth League came to terms with
one another on a one-year lease of
the Community Center ata meeting
held in Carrabelle on 15 February.
Negotiations are already under
way between the city and the
,Franklin County School Board
for the Board to,turn .over; the
building to the City. At present
the: building is leased to the city
on a. dollar-a-year basis for the

The Pause

Paws

Completed
By Amanda Loos
Also this month, the hard work
and dedication of the staff of The
Paws Pause, the Art & Literary
Magazine of Carrabelle High
School, have paid off. The master
copy which included forty plus
pages was sent off to be printed by
Jenny Boyd at A Silent Partner, a
business in Carrabelle.
This Fall'93 Issue (expected outin
December but delayed due to
technical difficulties and time
restraints) encompasses all the
winners of the First Annual 1993
Paws Pause Art & Literary Contest
that was held this past November,
as well as other poems, stories,
and drawings by CHS. students.
(As Editor-in-Chief, I would like to
thank everyone who worked so
hard, giving up their time and
energy to this project.)
The finished product will be
distributed throughout the school
and will be found In local
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County this week.


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next 15 years. Will Kendrick,
chairman of the School Board, is
hopeful that these negotiations will
be brought to a satisfactory
conclusion.
No lights no rent at
airport
CountyCommissioners voted three
to two to waive rents of $500 per
month to Fixed Plane Operator
(FPO) until airport lighting is
installed. Commissioner Jimmie
Mosconis and Commissioner Dink
Braxton voted against.
Attorney for FPO Ben Watkins
appeared before the commission
on Tuesday 15 February to request
the relief from the rent, saying that
no lights at the airport limits planes
from landing at the airport except
in daylight. The corporation
operates under the name of
Apalachicola Aviation Training
NEW NURSE
PRACTITIONER
Ben Francisco, Advanced
Registered Nurse Practitioner
(ARNP) has recently joined the
staff here at Nemours Children's
Clinic in Eastpoint. Ben comes to
us from Clewiston, Florida where
he helped to establish one of our
newest Nemours Children's
Clinics. Ben, who is originallyfromi
East Tennessee, has been in
nursing since 1978 and has been
a nurse practitioner since 1991.
Ben and his wife Carol have five
children. They have a special
interest in nutrition and have
participated in various medical
missions overseas.
We hope you will help us to make
Ben feel at home here in Franklin
County. We are excited to have a
nurse practitioner again!

School

Science

Fair a

Success At

Carrabelle

High
By Amanda Loos
Thursday, 10 February was the
big night for science students at
CHS. It was time for them to show
off their skills in the Scientific
Method through the Science
Fair'94 atCarrabelle. Throughout
the month, students were busy
preparing their projects and
research papers that had to
accompany them. Each exhibitor
was to explain his/her project;
thei-r abstract,;- purpose
hypothesis, procedure,
conclusion, and application had
to appear on their backboard, as
well as in their paper which also
included their in-depth research
on the topic.
Each project was judged by other
teachers and scientists from the
area on how well they presented,
researched, created, and
understood their topic and
winners were selected from each
grade.
Third grade winners were Lauren
Cook and Smokie Pedrick; fourth
grade were Freda Starkel, Amber
Holton, and Curt Chisolm; fifth
grade were Mary Tolbert, Ashley
Cremer, and Jayson Messer; sixth
grade were Chris Cumble, Valerie
Hampton, and Donnie Mathis,
Junior High and High School
winners were: seventh grade Dona
Wilson, LorealDaniels, Sarah Hall,
and Kim Hamm; ninth grade Terri
Cone, Misty Hitt, and Michael
Braswell; tenth grade Candice
Sweet, Brandee Josey, Jaime
Skipper, and Kelly Hall; and
eleventh and twelfth combined
Michelle Golden, Eric Causey,
Heather Jackson, and Jennifer
Staggs. These students will go on
to the West Bend Regional Science
Fair next month where they will
have a chance to move on to the
state competition in Orlando.
Congratulations to all the winners
and all the participants for making
Science Fair'94 a success.


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Carrabelle

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School

Celebrates

Black

History

Month

By Amanda Loos
"I asked, 'Where is the black
man's government?"Where is
his King and his kingdom?'
Where is his President, his
country, and his, ambassador,
his army, his navy, his men of
big affairs?- I could not find
them, and then I declared, 'I
will help to make them."
Marcus Moziah Garvey, 1913
Around the Nation this month,
people are celebrating the great
contributions that blacks have
made in history. Carrabelle High
School is playing its parts well to
learn about and enjoy the
accomplishments made by the
black heroes four time and times
past.
Coordinated by band director/
music and English teacher, Ms.
Temolynne Jefferson, Black
History Month at Carrabelle High
School (CHS) seemed to begin in
her 9th grade English classes
where students have been
researching and writing about the
black people whose works should
lead and inspire us all.
These students also played a major
role in creating a display on the
bulletin board of the school library
which includes some of the faces
we should remember this month:
scientists and inventors such as
George Washington Carver, Percy
Julian, and Garret Morgan;
speakers and writers like Phillis
Wheatley, Sojoumrner Truth,
Frederick Douglass, and James
Baldwin; and athletes Jack
Johnson, Jackie Robinson, Wilma
Rudolph, and Hank Aaron.
The posters are surrounded by
the green black red and gold colors
of Africa, Green representing
Motherland Africa, black the Skin
Color, red the Bloodline, and gold
the Riches of the Land. Librarian,
Mrs. Christine Hinton, with the
help of other Carrabelle students
have been working to pull out
books on more African Americans
who have made a difference. The
biographies of Nelson Mandela,
Maya Angelou, Mary McLeod
Bethuns, Arthur Asho, Martin
*Luther King'Jr., Aretha Franklin
and Sugar Ray among many others
fillthe selves beneath the display
to provide students and faculty
with an easy access to Information
on the African-American heritage.
Children as young as tho third
grade flock around the board to
catch a glimpse and point out
familiar faces.
To spread the celebration
throughout the school, Ms.
Jefferson has been presenting a
Who's Who in Black History on
the WCHS morning news
broadcast. This has included the
reading of poetry from black
authors such as Langston Hughes,
NickiGiovanni, and James Weldon
Johnson, aswell as the presenting
of information on other black
pioneers in our history like Jan
Matzeliger and Muhammed All.
At the end of each presentation,
Ms. Jefferson, using much of the
information gathered by her
students, asks daily trivia
questions for the CHS student
body to answer. Winners who
have answered the questions
correctly are entered into a pot for
a $5 cash award to be drawn at
the Black History Month at CHS
Celebration being held on
Thursday,24 February in the
school commons. At this event,
black athletes from FSU (to be
announced) are scheduled to
speak and a band from FAMU
high school will be'there to play
some cultural music to help us
-enjoy the great influence that the
African- American sounds have
had on the music of America.
In a poem that Ms. Jefferson
wrote upon getting this project
rolling she expresses the
importance of 40 of us learning
and appreciating Black History
Month no matter what-
background we are from.
Through the sharing of their songs
and writings and by learning about
their lives and struggles, the great
works of blacks in history will not
be forgotten by the students and
faculty at Carrabelle High School.

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Page 6, 26 February 1994 *, The Franklin County Chronicle


Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


SCHOOL
BOARD
APPROVES
INTERAGENCY

WITH
JUVENILE

JUSTICE

GROUPS

By Carol Ann Hawkins
At a special meeting held on 15
February at Brown Elementary
School, Eastpoint, the Franklin
county School Board approved an
interagency agreement with four
groups seeking Juvenile Justice
Grants. Approval of the agreement
followed a workshop during which
details of the grants were
presented.
The first presentation was made
by Jane Cox, Literacy Coordinator
for Franklin County, who
discussed the library program's
WINGS Grant. Cox said the
proposal is to establish three sites
for after school and vacation
programs for children who are out
of school and for target-area age
groups the Eastpoint and
Carrabelle libraries and at a third
site that is to be selected. WINGS
(the Franklin County Library logo,
"Books give us WINGS") has a
multi-facet approach, Cox said,
and includes a computer-based
program with tutors available to
work with children on a one-on-
one basis and active teen councils
to advise on proposed activities.
Cox said her group would seek
from the board referrals to the
program and also would hope to
use county school buses to provide
transportation to the Eastpoint and
Carrabelle libraries. The Proposed
PartnershipAgreementofthe grant
indicates there are no monetary
obligations to the Board of
Education.
Cox said she thinks there are a
certain number of students in all
schools across the U.S. who do
not receive what they need in a
traditional program and said, "This
is not the fault of the school. Some
children have some types of needs
that are not met, cannot be met, by
the schools. It's just a fact of life.
The public schools cannot meet
the needs of all students. Many
students do not go home to a home
where there are parents who can
provide the kind of support that
they need to get, and WINGS would
like to be able to do that."
Pam Vest, Executive Director of
the Apalachicola Maritime
Museum, presented the sail
Training Program Grant Proposal,
which she said is designed to "use
the resources we have in this
county to enhance the lives of
some kids who are having trouble
in their lives." Vest said a four-day
program would start out with the
kids sailing the Governor Stone,
learning sailing skills, decision-
making and problem-solving
skills, "everything from tying
knots, docking, weighing anchor,
teamwork and cooperation. This
would be a shipfull of young
people, except for the captain, the
crew and the therapeutic
counselor that will accompany
them." The grant also would
provide land-based components,


Pam Vest


which include individual sailing,
therapeutic counseling, marine
biology research experiments and
life-saving techniques. "If they
learn to save a life, they might
value a life," Vest said.
Vest said she was asking the
school system to be a referral
source for their at-risk students.
The Grant does not propose to
offer"a party," orj ust a fun activity
but is an effort "to be removed
from a troubled environment and
have an experience with the
natural resources around them,"
and will be available for students
who seem "headed in the wrong
direction," academically or
behaviorally," Vest said.
Vest said the proposed program
would operate 10 months out of
the year, 4 days of each month
and that plans include expanding
the program outside Franklin
County in the nextyear, but if this
does happen, Franklin Countywill
be provided the service free.
Diana Smith, JTPA Coordinator,
presented the SAVE proposal
(Students against Violence in
Education), asking the board to
continue to provide in-kind
services forJTPA programs. Smith
said the SAVE grant proposes
funds for additional slots so that
JTPA can put to work additional
students.
The fourth grant proposal
presented for discussion was the
Kids Contribute To our community
(KCOC). Kim McKinney told the
board that the grant proposal
addresses all children in school
during the day and will also have
an after-school and summer
school component. The in-school
component includes a video report
card project, peer tutoring and
teaching by upper grades for lower
grades; peer review in peer court,
elected groups of students from
upper grades to review in-school
offenses to help the child stop
negative actions and become a
better student; a conflict mediation
team involving the principal, HRS,
sheriff and parentss; drop-out/
delinquency prevention and
counseling by law enforcement
personnel; and, career
development. 'After-school and
summer programs will have
tutoring, arts and crafts, games,
field trips, community projects,
such as beach clean-up, planting
trees and beautification programs.
The school board will not be
responsible for anything but will
be the contact agencybecause the
funds would go to the county office.
"We're rather proud of the fact
that we have one of the lowest
drop-out rates in the state, and
it,s not a happenstance kind of
thing," Ponder said. "It's because
of the work of our people in the
area of student services, our
attendance officers and our
principals and teachers and all
who do really work at that to keep
our attendance up and keep our
kids in school."
The April school board meeting
will be held on Monday, 5 April.

LIONS
1 INTERNATIONAL
DISTRICT
GOVERNOR
SPEAKS AT
LOCAL

MEETING

By Carol Ann Hawkins
SidneyJ. Ogletree ofDestin, Lions
Clubs International District
Governor, was the guest of honor
at the Carrabelle Lions Club's (CLC)
8 February meeting held at the
Pear Tree Restaurant. Ogletree
monitors activities of Lions Clubs
in North Florida and reports to
Lions Clubs International.
Ogletree led a ceremony of
induction for new member
Raymond Williams, then spoke at
some length about the various
Lions agencies throughout Florida,
the Conklin center for the Blind,
North Florida Lions eye Bank,
Southeast Guide Dog, Florida
Liong Foundation for the Blind
and Florida Lions Cainp for Multi-
handicapped Blind.
Ogletree presented Mrs. Mary
Mayton, widow of James Lainar
("J.L.") Mayton, Carrabelle Lions
Club SightPreservationChairman,
with a medal honoring her late
husband's 40 years of service in
CLC and for his many services to
the people of Franklin County,
which included his scouring the
area for people who needed eye
exams or glasses but could not
Continued on page 8


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YOUR MONEY
By Judy Corbus
Billy Hill's song, "Too Much Month at the End of the Money," sums
up the feelings of many people when it comes to their finances. There
always seem to be bills and expenses and never enough for the little
"extras," like an evening out. If you're thinking, "This sounds like
me," then read on to learn how you can take control of your money
and to use it to buy what you need and want.
The best way to take control of your finances is to develop a budget
or spending plan. A budget helps you to organize your finances and
set limits on what you purchase. This in turn helps you to save for
a major item, such as a new appliance or car, a vacation, or the down
payment for a house. The first step in setting up a budget is to. set
goals, both short-term and long-term. Short-term goals can be
reached in less than a year and might include paying past-due bills,
going to the dentist, or getting the car tuned up. Long-term goals
take longer than a year to reach; examples include saving for a new
sofa, a new roof on the house, or a child's college education. Goals
give you direction and a reason for the way you spend your money.
Once you've set your goals and determined how much they will cost,
you need to figure out your income, or how much money you have
available to spend. To figure your income, decide on a period of time,
such as a month, and then add up all the moneyyou expect to receive
over that time. The total is your income for the time period you
decided on.
The next step is to keep a record of all your expenses for the same
time period. You can record your expenses on a sheet of paper with
the date, item purchased or expense, and the amount. You also can
use canceled checks and receipts to track your spending. By
recording everything you purchase (even that pack of gum you
bought at the gas station), you can see exactly where your money is
going. This will help you to see where you can make changes in your
spending.
Expenses can be divided into two groups: fixed and flexible. Fixed
expenses are paid on a regular basis and remain about the same
each month. Rent or mortgage,. child care, utilities, credit card and
loan payments, insurance premiums, savings deposits, and tithes
are examples of fixed expenses. Flexible expenses can vary in
amount each month and include food and related items, clothing,
transportation, medical care, recreation, entertainment and gifts.
You have more control over flexible expenses since they can bte
changed.
After addifig up your total income and your total expenses, subtract
your expenses from your income. If your total income is larger than
your total expenses, you can decide what to do with the savings. If
your total income is smaller than your total expenses, look for areas
where you can cut back so that your income exceeds your expenses.
Remember to set aside money, even if only a few dollars each payday,
for emergencies and to put toward your goals. Review your spending
plan at least once a month with family members to check your
progress and to determine where changes are needed. Allow family
members to make suggestions for ways to cut back or change
spending habits. In this way, they will feel they have a say in the
family budget and are more likely to stick to it. Adjust your spending
as necessary to pay off bills or increase your savings for a major
purchase.
Don't be too rigid, however, in the amount you spend in each area.
Remember, a budget is a plan that can be adjusted as needs arise and
serves as a guide to help you manage your money. Too much
emphasis on controlling spending can put stress on family members,
causing disagreements and tension. Use your budget as a tool to
help you manage what you have and to achieve your dreams without
going into debt. Sticking to a budget will take some work, but the
effort will definitely pay off in the long runt
(Judy Corbus is the Multi-County SHIP Home Economics Extension
Agent for the University of Florida, Franklin county cooperative
Extension Service. The Cooperative Extension Service provides
educational information and other services to individuals without
regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. For more
information, contact the Franklin County Cooperative Extension
Service at [904] 653-9337.)




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OPENS 1

MARCH

By Carol Ann Hawkins
Beginning 1 March, the Carrabelle
Chamberof Commerce will occupy
its new office, located between
Carrabelle Realty and the "World's
Smallest Police Station." The
building is owned by Ruby Litton.
Adams said volunteers are needed
to help get the inside ready and
asked for "anybody who can paint,
scrub floors, wax floors", to help.
Carol Adams and "a young man
who is a non-member have already
painted the front of the building,
Adams said.
Norm Boyd's prayer, requesting
help and guidance for Carrabelle
Chamber of Commerce members
"in making decisions here today
that will effect the future of this
community," set the tone for the
Chamber's 17 February Noon
meeting held at the Senior Citizens
Center.
After the minutes of the 17January
meeting were read and approved,
President JerryAdams reported to
the membership that a "very
relaxed" Board of Directors'
meeting had been held on Monday
night, 14 February, and that the
following committee chair-persons
were confirmed: Budget &Finance,
Pam Walters; Publicity& Tourism,
Pat Howell; Programs Committee,
Susan Creek; and Membership
Committee, Helen Schmidt.
Adams also said that Recording
Secretary Rene Topping's offer to
attend future Board of Director
meetings and take minutes was
accepted. Adams said that the By-
Laws Committee had not met but
that there will be a meeting on 22
February at noon at the Gulf
Waters Motel. Jack DePriest is
Chairman of the committee.
Bob and Grace Evans were thanked
by the membership for their
donation of a word processor and
file cabinet for the new office. Bob
also gave a personal "thank you"
to the membership for the cards
and flowers received by his wife,
Grace, during her recent
hospitalization and surgery. "It
was nice to know we have a lot of
friendlies who supported us, and
the prayers and help everybody
gave helped get her back on her
feet," Evans said.
The chamber agreed to purchase
ads as in the past from the
Panhandle Players and the Senior
Citizens Center. Norm Boyd said
the Panhandle Players will present
"Pump Boys and Dinette" on 18 &
19 March and the ad will go in the
playbill. Helen Schmidt, who
represented the Senior Citizens
Center, announced that Donor
Day will be held at the Center 29
March "a time when the Center
pays homage.to all the people who
ave supported the Center all year
long," approximately 200
volunteers. The Chamber has
supported the Center in the past
taking an ad in the Program Book.
After agreeing to purchase ads to


support the Panhandle Players
and the Senior Citizens Center,
Pat announced that volunteers
are needed to help the Chamber
sell ads for the yearly update of
the Visitor's Magazine or the
Chamber may have to reprint the
same magazine with no new ads.
Susan Creek asked for "every
available hand" to help prepare
for Waterfront Festival, which will
be held on Father's Day weekend,
17, 18 & 19 June.
After discussing options on the
site of the festival marine street,
Timber Island, or the street behind
GulfState Bank the membership
approved Norm Boyd's motion to
have Marine Street as the
designated area barring
unforeseen circumstances and
that other areas will be designated
to be used for whatever purposes
to support the festival. Creek said
this site will keep the festival in
downtown Carrabelle and that
emergencyvehicles especially and
other vehicles as necessarywill be
allowed access to the area.
The OARS Fishing Tournament is
scheduled to be held at the same
time as Riverfront Festival, and
they usually puton a street dance.
As the meeting came to a close,
Bob Evans presented President
Jerry Adams with a check to cover
the first month's rent on the new
office of the Carrabelle Chamber
of Commerce. The Chamber's
telephone number is (904)697-
2585.

FRANKLIN

BRIEFS

CALLING ALL POETS
AND WRITERS
If you are an aspiring writer or
poet, you may be interested in
meeting others with the same
interests. A writers club is being
formed in Franklin County and all
area writers are invited to join.
You do not need to be a published
writer, but you must have the
desire to be paid foryourwork. We
are particular looking for writers
in Wakulla, Liberty, Gulf and
Franklin. If you want further
information please contact Rene
Topping at (904)697-2616.

LOCAL WRITER SEEKS
WWII WAR BRIDES
Local writer Rene Topping is
looking for women like herself, who
met and married American service
men during World War II and came
'to this country in late 1945 and
1946. IThis is a part of the history
of the war that has received very
little attention. During thoseyears,
,tens of thousands ofwomen poured
into NewYorkon a flotilla ofvessels,
going to meet their husbands in all
parts of the country.
Topping came over from England
in July of 1946 on the President
Tyler and hopes to hear from a
bride that was on that passage.
Topping wants to write the history
of these women. She wants to
highlight individual war bride
stories to show the joy, sorrow and
romance of leaving one's homeland
for love of a man. The book is
Continued on page 8


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vinyl, appliances, living/dining/kitchen combination, professionally
landscaped yard with sprinkler system, satellite dish, screened fish
cleaning roomand extra storage spaces. Great rental potential REDUCED
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HOMESITES
ST. GEORGE PLANTATION canal front one acre home site with dock and
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quiet area. $13,500.00
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to restaurants and shops. $23,500.00
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available. $18,500.00


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Specialists"
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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


The Franklin County Chronicle, 26 February 1994, Page 7


ST. GEORGE COOKBOOK


TO DEBUT AT CHILI


SCOOKOFF


The long-awaited St. George Island Cookbook will premiere at the
12th Annual Chili Cookoff on 5 March 1994. The proceeds from the
sale of TREASURED RECIPES FROM ST. GEORGE ISLAND will be
used to help fund the St. George Island First Responders, a unit of
the St. George Island volunteer Fire Department. While hundreds of
recipes are presented, the cookbook sparkles with the illustrations
by Marilyn Bean, Karen Dingler, John Ficklen, Linda Holzhausen,
Bill Short and Carol Mitchell, and the stories and historical prose by
Alice Collins, Shaun Donahoe, Woody Miley-and Mary Lou Short.
Historical and ecological writings about the volunteer fire department
and First Responder Unit, and Apalachicola Basin ("...a natural
paradise...")and the birds of St. George Island, along with the
fabulous recipes, including John Henry's chicken and dumplings
and some tantalizing insights to Ollie Gunn's seafood gumbo, and
dozens of others, make the cookbook an unusual offering tied
directly to'the island experience. There is also a piece on the old
Eastpoint to St. George Island ferry under the command of Captain
Joe:"Snooky" Barber ofApalachico a Named for a star in the heavens,
the Spica was designed to carry nine vehicles with life jackets for 100
passengers.
The cookbook committee involved the talents of Alice Collins, Judi
Little (who is also the First Responder Unit Commander) and Mary
Lou Short. A mail order blank for TREASURED RECIPES FROM ST.
GEORGE ISLAND is included below.

First Responder Unit
St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 682
Eastpoint, Florida 32328
Please send me copies of Treasured Recipes from St. George
Island at $12.95 plus $2.00 postage and handling per book.
Enclosed is my check or money order for
*Name
Address
City State Zip_


Franklin Briefs
continued from P9.6


Edwin G. Brown &associates, Inc.
Professional Land Surveyors

2813 Crawfordville Highway
P.O. Box 625 Crawfordville, FL 32327 (904) 927-3016


GARLIC ENVIRONMENTAL
ASSOCIATES, INC.
STATE AND FEDERAL REGULATORY AGREEMENTS
'" WETLANDS JURISDICTIONAL DETERMINATIONS
?. r SUBMERGED LAND LEASES
ECOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS
PROJECT SUPERVISION AND MANAGEMENT
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P.O. Box 444, Carrabelle, FL 32322,
Lic. # ER0010221 Lic. # RA0060122
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Heating & A/C Insured 697-3103
John Summerhill Beeper # 422-4908

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GAS AND APPLIANCE, INC.
HIGHWAY 98 EAST CARRABELLE, FL. 32322
PHONE # 697-3334'
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR 94-0032
HEATING & A/C CONTRACTOR RA 51447
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ROOFING CONTRACTOR LIC. 104 WEST HWY. 98 CARRABELLE
NO: RC0051706

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PAINTING CABINETS
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"We Build Most Anything"
RG 0012749 Telephone
Mobile 653-7111 Home 697-3158

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New Construction
Commercial
Vinyl Siding
697-2885 License # 94-0092 Jacob Roberts
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Painting, Blockwork, Etc.
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GENERAL CONTRACTOR
RC 0066499 RG 0065255
P.O. BOX 170 (904) 697-2078
CARRABELLE, FL 32322


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DAN BENNET
Lic. Contractor, RG0045834
RC0066555, RF0066490
New Construction Plumbing
Repairs Roofing
Vinyl Siding Painting
Pressure Watering


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Visitors are cautioned about
repair work being done on the
bridge to St. George, with a short
portion using one lane traffic
keyed to traffic control lights. With
patience,, drivers can easily
negotiate the temporary traffic
controls and arrive on the island
safely.
Auction items are still being
solicited and donors may bring
Their offerings to any island
business for distribution to the
auction block or the County Store.


BIRDS KILLED
CAUSEWAY


ON


Tavelers on U.S. 98 east on the
tavily entitled, "The Romantic causeway to the Gorrie Bridge were
asion." If you are a war bride or horrified, Tuesday, 18 January, at
ow of a war bride who would be the sight of several dozen birds,
rested in being a part of this whose carcasses were litered all
)ject please contact: Rene over the roadway. No one seems to
)ping, PO Box 697, Carrabelle, know for sure what caused the
rida 32322 or call (904)697- massive kill, although most people
15. think it could be attributed in some
way to the heavy wind and rain
that occurred on just after dark on
Monday evening in the Eastpoint
Irea.



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St. GEORGE UTILITY
CONTINUED FROM
PAGE 4


PROPOSED

PRISON

SITES

UNSAT TO

DEPT OF

COKHICIIONS
The Florida Department of
Corrections advised the Franklin
County Commission in early
February that neither the county
owned land next to the nor the
adjacent acreage owned by New
River Franklin Limited would be
satisfactory fora large state prison.
In a letter to Jimmy G. Mosconis,
Chairperson of the County
Commission, Ron Kronenberger,
Assistant Secretary, in the Office
of Management and Budget, Dept.
ofCorrections (DOC) said the DOC
would refer to locate a new prison
near the existing Franklin Work
Camp.
The letter read, in part:
"...New staff members
reviewed the aerial
photographs, flood prone
maps, and USGS topographic
maps. The Department of
Environmental Protection
(DEP) was also contacted
regarding the site. Two
members of the DEP staffwere
familiar with the site from the
construction of the county jail.
This site has considerable
wetlands, and we do not
believe that it could, be
developed as a prison site.
The normal institution
footprint is almost 50 acres in
size, and, because of
permitting problems, we like
to have a site with very little
filling of wetlands required.
Enclosed are copies of the
maps we referred to, trip
report concerning the recent
meeting with DEP, and some
older correspondence on this
same site..."


The utility's payments to the collection agency in Atlanta are being
made on or before the last day of each month. The last payment was
made on January 28, 1994, and another payment will be made on
February 28, 1994 and on or before the last date of each month until
the small remaining balance is paid in full. Under these circumstances,
when the utility has paid over $20,000 in cash to a collection agency
pursuant to an agreement between the utility and a collection
agency as the legal agent of this .Commission, it would seem
extremely unfair an incongruous to now levy a substantial fine
against the utility Just before it completes the payments agreed to
between the utility and the collection agency. If the payments
worked out between the utility and the collection agency were not
satisfactory, then. the utility should have been notified of this fact
prior to the making of such payments.
1990-1993 REGULATORY ASSESSMENT FEES
As noted by the Commission's Order in this matter, the utility paid
approximately $16,000 for its 1991 regulatory assessment fees in
1992', -and began making advanced escrow deposits to assure that
the funds would be available to pay subsequent regulatory assessment
fees before they were due. The utility got behind in its escrow
deposits for a brief time during the spring of 1993 because the
Commission's designated comanager, Mary E. LaBatt, determined
along with the utility's general manager that there were not enough
funds to meet the utility's financial commitments during that period
of time, and that escrowing the RAF's was not as important as
making other pressing cash payments. Since the decision not to
make the monthly escrow deposits was made jointly by the
Commission's designated co-manager and the utility, it does not
seem fair to now impose a fine against the utility based on their
failure to make such timely payments. This is especially true
because all of the required escrow deposits have been made, just as
the utility promised to do in its correspondence to the Commission's
attorney on January 4, 1994. Attached as Exhibit "A" is a copy of the
letter to the Commission promising to make all of the payments on
or before the utility's current rate case was refiled on January 31,
1994. Attached as Exhibit "B" is a copy of the check and escrow
deposit receipt showing that the utility had made the required
deposit of $4,918.62, which brought all payments current as of that
date. As of the date of this response, all such payments remain
current and will be kept current until the transfer of funds is made
from the escrow, deposit to the Commission at the end of March,
1994.
In summary, the utility has made and is continuing to make a good
faith effort to pay all of its current and remaining past due RAF's. The
Commission's Order in this case requires the utility to show cause
why it should not be fined pursuant to Sections 350.113(4) and
367.161 of the Florida Statutes. First, with regard to Section
350.113(4), that subsection provides a penalty if the regulatory
assessment fee is not paid to the commission on or before the date
it is due. In this case, the due date is March 31, 1994. This deadline
will be met; accordingly, the utility is not in violation of Section
350.113(4) of the Florida Statutes. Next, with regard to Section
367.161 of the Florida Statutes, that section authorizes the imposition
of a penalty only if a utility "knowingly refuses to comply with, or
willlngfully violates any provision of this chapter or any lawful rules
or order of the Commission." (Emphasis added.) In this case, despite
losses of approximately $300,000 per year, the utility has been
breaking its financial back during the past several years to pay this
Commission approximately $15,000 per year in regulatory
assessment fees. These fees have been paid despite the fact that only
approximately $5,000 of such fees have been collected from the
utility's rete payers because of the woefully inadequate rates allowed
to the utility during its last rate case in 1989, before the threefold
Increase in regulatory assessment fees. Not only has the utility paid
all but a small portion of the past due fees under an arrangement
with the Commission's designated collection agency, but the utility
has also paid almost $28,000 in advance escrow deposits prior to the
time that such fees were actually due under Section 350.113(4) of
the Florida Statutes, the first section quoted by the Commission's
Order in this case. The utility has not been able to find any published
case in which a utility has been fined or a willful violation under
Section 367.161 of the Florida Statutes based upon such utility's
failure to make advance payments under Section 350.113(4) of the
Florida Statutes, which does not require or even make reference to
the possibility of requiring advance payments prior to the due date
referenced in the statute. Continued on aree 8

ura nt EEVEN START/EARLY
INTERVENTION
uran WORKSHOP

-tLviro]ntme tt Chapman Elementarywas the site
Sof the 15 February Even Start
Early Intervention Workshop for
Franklin County parents. The
Workshop was led by Diana Smith
arch 14th (Even Start parent educator) and
March 14th Barbara Bloodworth (Pre-
e kindergarten Early Intervention
teacher). Nine parents and
n approximately 15 children were
on hand for the workshop that
provided techniques for story
telling, the use of hand puppets
o and various ways in which parents
ols can become involved in their child's
educational development.
FE: 697-2297


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Pa
geS
26 February 1994 *, The Franklin County Chronicle


Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


FSU JAZZ ENSEMBLE DAZZLES CAPACITY CROWD AT TRINITY


Commissioners Identify
Needs from pg.2
Commissioners to experience as a
way to facilitate assistance to be
made available to small counties
under 50,000 population.
General Needs
1. What do you see as the key
problem or issue facing the
County in the coming year?
The Commissioners generally
agreed that these issues were of
paramount importance: Waste
management (landfill, disposal,
etc.); Jail operations (jail
reopening); and economic
development. Other issues
mentioned: hospital
administration, limited revenue.
2. What do you see as the key
problem of issue facing the
County in the next two to five
years?
The Commissioners generally
agreed that these issues were of
major importance: Growth/
infrastructure needs; Jail
operations/corrections; and
Economic development. Other
commissions singly mentioned:
disposal of seafood byproduct
waste; hospital administration;
employment issues.
3. Are you anticipating big
changes affecting the taxable
values for future revenues in
your county?
The Commissioners' consensus
response was No.
4. Has the County considered
becoming a part of a Rural
Health Network, per the
provisions of the 1993 Health
Care and Insurance Report
Act adopted by the Florida
Legislature?
The Commissioners' consensus
response was No.


5. If the county has recently
built or is planning to build a
new corrections facility, how
is the County funding the
operating costs?
The Commissioners' consensus
response: The Jail was built in
1988-1989 but had to be close
cue to lack of revenues to operate
it Currently using General Funds
and Fine and Forfeiture Funds tc
pay for the cost of transporting
inmates.
Commissioners were then askec
to identify and rank the priority
needs of Franklin County foi
training and technical assistance
The response choices were:
1. HighestPriority (immediate
assistance or training needed)
2. Moderate Priority (eventual
assistance or training needed)
3. Lowest Priority (training
desirable but not critical)
4. No assistance or training
needed.
Mr Parrish then asked the
Commissioners to rank each item
on his questionnaire, and he
averaged the scores, weighted
above, identifying the items witl
the highest priority (the lower th(
number the higher the priority).
Rank Highest Mean
Priority Score
Subject

#1 Economic
development 1.20
Jail Operations 1.20
#2 Financing road and other
Capital Projects
1.40
#3 Establishing
Organizational
Goals 1.60


Cooperative Purchasing
with other Agencies
Impact/User Fees and
Special Assessments
1.60
#4 Grants Preparation and
Management
1.80
No assistance nor training were
perceived by the Commissioners
as needed in the areas of
alternative fire service ar-
rangements and Code En-
forcement. Similar low priority
rankings were assigned by the
County Commissioners for
Employee assistance programs,
transportation, construction
management, land development
regulation, inventory manage-
ment, bonding issues, water and
sewer system acquisition and/or
management or disaster
preparedness (3.60 mean).
To be continued in the next
issue of the Chronicle


J. Parrish


1from the usual agencies. Mrs.
member John Burda.



Lions continued fromguests includg.6ed
afford thlam and could get no help
andfrom the usual agencies. Mrs.
in Leon was accompanied by Mrs.
RoClub.erta Burda, wietz, of CLC
Wismember John Burda.
Other honored guests included
W.O. Whittle, Region Chairman
and a Quincy Lions Club member
who keeps an eye on Lions Clubs
in Leon County as well as nearby
Accompanying Whittle was Jerry
Hempstead, also from the Quincy
Club. Robert Dietz, of Lanark/
Wisconsint was also an honoree
guest.
ogletree presented "First Lions"
awards to Johnny Mirabelia and
Mark Housholder for recruiting
e new members. Region Chairman
n Whittle made somekthind comments
servicabout the achievements of the
d Carrabelle Lions Club. Officers of
President; Ken Mansuy, Lanark,
Secretary; and William E. Greer,
Eastpoint,g paTreasurer.
Frankly S peaking
continued from Pg.3
What do you say people of Franklin
County? Are we "share"ady to
start doing something really
constructive? To stop giving lip
service to the problems of the
schools and education in general?
To start being part of the solution
instead of being part of the
problem? Bad things happen
when good people do nothing. I
for one am not satisfied to sit on
the sidelines in this matter. I am
ready to buy a "share" in home
growing a teacher, so that laterI
"my teacher" is doing with the
latest crop of children. If a lot give
a little, we can do it.


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Big Bend Hospice is presenting a
camp for bereaved children and
*youth entitled "Camp-Woe-Be-
Gone" on Saturday, 19 March
from 9:00am 4:00pm. It will be
held at the Girl Scout Camp ForAll
Seasons and bus transportation
will depart Big Bend Hospice at
8:45a.m. and return by 4:15p.m.
This special workshop has been
designed for young people who
have experienced the death of loved
one.
According to Andree Aubrey, a
licensed clinical social worker and
Psychosocial Director with
Hospice, "Children have unique
needs when it comes to grief. They
express themselves in different -
ways than adults and often times
are unable to express themselves
verbally. Ourworkshop is designed
to help these children understand
what they are feeling, learn ways.
to effectively release their emotions
and learn to share their grief."
Activity groups are scheduled and
will Include dance, visual arts,
music and drama. There will be a ,
meeting on "Dealing with
Children's Grief" for parents/
adults on Thursday, 17 March at
the Big Bend Hospice office. It is
highly recommended that adults
registering children attend.
Registration is $10.00 per family ,
to cover the costs of materials and i11
pre-registration is required. Lunch .. .
and snacks will be provided. For
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please call (904) 878-5310.

St. George Utility Continued From Page 7
There is a limit to the cash that the utility's affiliates can invest in this
utility company over and above the revenue produced from the
utility's rate payers. As shown by the MFR's filed in the utility's
current pending rate case, the utility's affiliates are being required
to invest almost $300,000 per year to keep this utility company in
operation for the benefit of its customers on St. George Island. Under
these circumstances, it is not fair, reasonable or logical for this
Commission to impose a fine to further increase the utility's losses,
which will make it even more difficult to continue providing safe and
adequate water service to its customers. Accordingly, this case
should be dismissed.
DEMAND FOR FORMAL HEARING
The utility demands a formal hearing in this matter before an
impartial tribunal.
RESPECTFULLY submitted this 14th day of February, 1994.
GENE D. BROWN


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by Brian Goercke

The FSU New Orleans Repertory
Ensemble performed a selection
of 1920's jazz at Trinity Episcopal
Church on 20 February. The
Ensemble, which performs at
Trinity every two years, opened
their set to an enthralled crowd
with the tune, "Jazz Me Blues."
The six-piece ensemble went on to
perform classic jazz selections
including: "Tin Roof Blues,
"Heebie Jeebles," "Muskrat
Ramble," "Lulu's Back in Town,"
and "Clarinet Marmalade." The
concert closed with a New Orleans
funeral medley beginningwith the
somber and slow .hymn, "Just a
Closer Walk With Thee," and
concluding with the revitalized,
"When the Saints Go Marching
In."
Director of the Ensemble and
Clarinet player also, Bill Kennedy
announced that the concept of
jazz was reaching its 100 year
anniversary. "Jazz began in 1895
with the Buddy Molden Band,
although it was not referred to as
jazz." The ensemble also included
Al Servel (drummer), Martin
Bejerono (pianist), Burt Wolff
(bassist) and Michael McKenzie
(trumpet). "We like playing at
Trinity because the people really
appreciate our music," said
Michael McKenzie. "Iwas inspired
to play jazz because of my father.
He didn't play any instruments,
but he had a great jazz record
collection. I grew up listening to
great jazz musicians like Al Hirt
and Pete Fountain," stated
McKenzie. BurtWolffsaid thathe
has been playing jazz music for 26
years and was influenced by his
father who also played bass. "I
grew up with jazz and have always
loved the sound. It's great
American music."


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